We are excited to announce the passage of the BUSD Sustainability Plan! The Plan is a comprehensive effort to:
- reduce the environmental footprint of schools;
- promote environmental literacy, and
- save money that can be put to better use in the classroom!
Implementation of this Plan will have numerous benefits including addressing climate change, saving money, supporting students’ social and emotional learning through increased hands-on and nature-based opportunities, important elements which we believe are fundamental to a high-quality 21st century education.
If you have questions about solar energy, transportation, outdoor education or other issues related to the Sustainability Plan that are not related to waste, you may direct them to BUSD Maintenance Manager Steve Collins: email@example.com.
“Striving Toward Zero Waste”
Think Before You Throw! Let’s All Commit to the 4 R’s
Thanks to generous funding from Altamont Advisory Fund and Stopwaste, and support from the NorCal Resilience Network, BUSD has a grant to reduce waste production in its schools this year. We are making waste reduction a priority, from Kindergarten to high school. Our 2019 goals are:
- Set up classroom & hallway composting and recycling systems/stations
- Support lunchroom sorting and reduction of food waste
- Promote a culture of zero waste and sustainability, with students and BUSD staff inspired to reduce, reuse, recycle and rot (the 4 R’s)
We are forming a District-wide sustainability committee and are looking for interested individuals. If you have expertise or the passion and a little bit of knowledge, we want you.
There are eight categories of interest in our Sustainability Plan: Green Buildings and Materials, Transportation, Water, Energy, Waste, Food, Schoolyards, and Eco-literacy and Nature Based Learning. We established objectives for each category in the Sustainability Plan. The Committee will help us develop the objectives.
If you are interested in applying to be on the committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your area of interest and/or expertise by October 18th, 2019. We will contact you prior to the first meeting which is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm. We look forward to hearing from you!
Did you know…
- The 4 R’s saves the District money as it costs much less to compost and recycle than to throw waste into the landfill. In 2015 BUSD saved $40,000 by having schools practice the 4 R’s.
- It’s the law to recycle and compost!
There are many ways for the BUSD community to get involved in this process, and to ensure that all voices are heard.
We can all work together to be environmentally responsible adults and help students learn these practices, too. We invite you to:
- Reduce the amount of waste thrown into the landfill. Here are some tips for a Zero Waste Lunch.
- Teach students proper sorting at home! Remind them what can be composted and recycled.
Get involved in our efforts!
We hope that you support BUSD’s commitment to healthy, green school buildings and grounds and hands-on environmental and outdoor education.